This title comes with an introduction by Robert Macfarlane. During the Second World War, John Stewart Collis volunteered to leave his comfortable life as an academic to work on the land for the war effort. His account of this time perfectly captures the soft-handed, city-dweller's naivety and wonder both at the workings of nature and the toughness of life on a farm. It's set in the south of England and comprises exquisitely written sections on whatever happens to take Collis' fancy and inspire his thoughtful curiosity, ranging from humorous sketches of the characters he works alongside; mini-essays such as 'Contemplation upon Ants', 'The Mystery of Clouds', 'Colloquy on the Rick', 'Meditation while Singling Mangolds', 'The Garden of Eden'; and, celebrations of the earthworm, pea and potato. His mind ranges far and wide through literature science and philosophy as well as amazing descriptive writing, which makes for a book that is as uncategorizable as it is enchanting.
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Combines "While Following the Plough" and "Down to Earth". The first is an account of Collis's experience in agriculture when he worked on the land during World War II, the second a series of meditations on such things as the potato, the plough, the worm, the ant and the dunghill.Book Description:
A beautiful lost classic of English countryside literature
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Book Description Penguin Classic, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140106014
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